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Jefferson Elementary students to receive 20 Kindle Fire tablets

| Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 2:46 a.m.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are setting up one local elementary school for a potential power play.

Jefferson Elementary in West Jefferson Hills School District will receive 20 Kindle Fire HDX tablets this week as part of the Penguins Foundation's Tablets in Education initiative.

The school is one of 60 in Allegheny County receiving one of 1,200 devices through the foundation's collaboration with Allegheny County Intermediate Unit.

Bonnie Dyer, director of curriculum, instruction and assessment at West Jefferson Hills School District, said the devices will go a long way toward helping students and teachers.

“Any time we can add additional resources to our instructional ‘toolbox,' we are happy to do so because we recognize that people learn in different ways,” she said.

“The Kindles are a welcome addition to the school and the teachers are very excited to get the opportunity to implement another mechanism to review, reinforce and extend literacy and mathematics skill development,” she said.

Dyer said each of the tablets comes pre-loaded with a selection of educational apps that teachers will familiarize themselves with this week.

“Our expectation is that in the following week, the K-2 teachers will meet to discuss how they will implement the devices in their classes,” she said. “After the K-2 team uses the devices with their students, they will share what they have learned with the (grades) 3-5 teachers so they can use the devices with their students.”

Tim Karan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1970, or tkaran@tribweb.com.

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